About Jim Bamboulis

Jim Bamboulis

Jim Bamboulis has held several posts over the past 12 years, including National Sportscaster, Food Host and Writer, Talk Show Host, Olympic Researcher and Travel Film-maker.

Born and raised in Toronto, Jim learned early on that the combination of travel and food meant ultimate living. Combining his insatiable creative spirit and desire to document his travels, Jim took his unshakable travel bug and set off to explore. Add the fact that Jim also grew up in a Greek household and he learned that not only does Mom always make the best meals, but as importantly learned the importance of understanding and appreciating the countless beautiful cultures and the integral role food plays in every corner of the World.

In August 2009, Jim founded Travel Mammal, a site that brings together his travels and experiences (both good and terrifying) with the hope that others are inspired to share their own. We are all storytellers, especially when it comes to travel and food. He urges everyone to be inspired, explore and love the world and the people that share it with us. Or in other words, Live to Travel and travel to live!


Latest Posts by Jim Bamboulis

Over a Million Flood Toronto’s Streets For The Nuit Blanche Art Festival

October 21, 2014 by  

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Nuit Blanche is an annual art festival that takes place in various cities around the world, including Toronto.  It starts at sunset and finishes up at sunrise. Over one million people flood the streets and take in the various exhibits scattered throughout the downtown. This is what it looked like on Queen Street West this year.

 

Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands
 

Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands

 

Over the years, the festival itself has been great and other years, boring. Last year, dry. This year, fun and inspiring. People enjoyed themselves and the energy was great.One of the exhibits that really made it for me was the Global Rainbow.

Created by Yvette Mattern, it consists of a ‘high specification laser light projection beaming in parallel horizontal lines creating a natural perspective horizon arc simulating a natural rainbow arc with a trajectory of up to 60 km’.

Impressive.

It wasn’t projecting that far but it can be seen from virtually any point in downtown Toronto. Three people supervise the installation from the top of a parking lot in Kensington Market, about 2km NNW of the CN Tower and watch as curious onlookers set up tripods and selfies with what is considered to be a symbol of peace and hope.

It’s a great display because it’s not every day that streaming lasers are beamed across two points in the Toronto skyline. And the symbolism rocks.

Luckily, this exhibit continued long after the festival ended. Great news for those of us who wanted a second look and a chance to get some good shots without the crowds getting in the way.

 

Got a favourite Nuit Blanche exhibit? Share the love.

Blue Lagoon is a must-do for a 1st-timer

October 20, 2014 by  

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By: Jim Bamboulis There’s been a lot said about whether or not the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is worth the visit. Words like ‘overrated’, ‘hyped up’ and ‘tourist trap’ have all been used to describe the Lagoon itself and the experience you get. It’s true that visiting and dipping into the sometimes scolding hot thermal […]

Explore Iceland: The Stunning Southern Route to Vik

October 18, 2014 by  

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Iceland has a stunning, rugged beauty.

It’s not sexy in a California, PCH, palm trees kind of way. But it’s sexy in a northern, middle of the Atlantic Ocean, hugging the Arctic circle, chilly wind, if-you-can’t-take-the-adventure-then-get-of-the-kitchen, kind of way.

Driving through South Iceland is driving though a small piece of rocky, jagged, icy heaven.

On a recent trip to the Land of Fire and Ice, I ventured along Iceland’s infamous Route 1.  At just over 1,300 km (800 miles) long, it goes full circle around this amazing country. Hence why it’s called the Ring Road. If you were to drive this straight, it would take you about 16 hours. But to do it properly, stopping along the way and taking in the sights will take you about two weeks.

I didn’t have that long but there’s no way I was going to miss seeing the mountains, ocean, waterfalls and glaciers for myself. The route I took was along the southern coast.

Reykjavik to Vik. This is what I saw.

Mt. Eyjafjallajokull (above and below)

On the road to Vik, the southernmost point of the country. The terrain here became even rockier, towering, more jagged and out of this world.

 

Black beach and basalt stacks in Vik (above and below)

 

 

One of two friendship statues (the other one is in Hull, UK). The statue commemorates the bond between the two countries, the fishermen who ventured out and died at sea

 

Basalt stalks (above and below)

 

Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a 200 foot drop. Seljalandsfoss from the walkway that takes you behind the falls.


Icelandic turf houses

 

Been to South Iceland? Share your experiences and share the love.

Hrönn Marinósdóttir Chats About The Reykjavik International Film Festival

October 17, 2014 by  

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I recently sat down with Hrönn Marinósdóttir, the very busy Festival Director for the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF).

We talked about film in Iceland, the humble beginnings of RIFF, the obstacles the festival has faced, the unique ways film goers can watch a film here (it involves swimming pools and caves)and of course, where the festival goes from here. I thank Hrönn for taking time out of our day to spend some time.

If you love venturing to off-the-beaten-path adventures sprinkled with culture, then RIFF is for you.


Toronto Begins to Exude Vibrant Fall Colors

October 9, 2014 by  

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While they may not be in full color change mode just yet, thousands of trees around Toronto are starting to look pretty awesome so it’s hard to miss the miraculous changes going on.  Here are a few pics I snapped walking around the east end of the city as well as midtown.

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Reykjavikian graffiti

October 5, 2014 by  

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Before I went to Iceland, I was told to keep an eye out for the graffiti in Reykjavik, it’s pretty wild and very creative. What’s the big deal. Graffiti is graffiti. For me, it’s at best a passing fancy, anyway. I don’t pay attention to it unless it blows me away visually, makes a wicked […]

Nature “Wins” on Bike Routes in Toronto

September 28, 2014 by  

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Fall is a great time of year to cycle nearly everywhere, but particularly in Canada. Specifically, Toronto is a pretty great place if you’re a cyclist. There are several bike paths on city streets and several parks throughout the city that allow you to explore the off the beaten path gems. Among my favourite biking routes is through High Park and along the lakeshore. There’s plenty to see all while breathing in some fresh air.

Here are some of the sites I took in recently in Toronto.

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The last one was a bit of a surprise. It was a Naval graduation ceremony.

Have some favourite biking trails in Toronto or in your own backyard?

4 guys and a screech-in ceremony

September 23, 2014 by  

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By: Jim Bamboulis Newfoundland is known for its history, unique geographic location and even culture. In fact, few in North America can beat this place when it comes to culture. Newfoundland has a tradition that you won’t find anywhere else in Canada, much less anywhere else in the world. It involves drinking screech and getting […]

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